Classic Bike Guide
The wonder of Woolers
This year’s South of England Classic
Show on July 31 celebrates quirky British motorcycle manufacturer Wooler.
John Wooler, grandson of the founder, will be there, along with the veteran
1911 Wooler 350cc nicknamed the The Flying Banana thanks to its distinctive petrol tank.
The British Motorcycle Conservation Trust (BMCT) is booked to display its
1955 Wooler 500cc ohv flat four machine, the final model designed by Wooler, which showcased his love of innovation, regardless of commercial considerations. Along with unique engine configurations, the Wooler was famous for being designed to be worked on with just two spanners.
Held at the South of England Showground, near Gatwick, the show centres on the Queen’s Jubilee Hall, which will be packed with display bikes and club stands. The Abergavenny Building will be filled with an array of stalls, including traders, specialist service providers, jumblers, and private garage clearances, with even more to browse under cover in the adjacent Robins and Young Farmers Buildings. Outdoor pitches will line the routes connecting the buildings, including a range of caterers serving hot and cold refreshments. The South of England Showground can be found at Ardingly, RH17 6TL – eight miles from M23 junction 10, and it’s clearly sign-posted.
Gates open to the public from 10am on Sunday, July 31 and tickets cost £7 for adults. Accompanied children under 16 get in for free. Early bird admission from 7.30am is available for £10. Tickets are available online or visitors can pay by card or cash at the gate. Parking is free.
Tickets, stall bookings and all other info can be found at www.elk-promotions. co.uk